Developing thick, discolored, or brittle nails as a result of nail fungus isn’t on anybody’s bucket list. If you’ve been researching about toenail fungus, you likely know that the first signs of infection are subtle discolorations or whitening of the nail surface. If you know how to recognize that, you’re a step ahead in avoiding a nasty infection down the line. You may be wondering if it’s possible to have a nail fungus without any visible signs of infection. It is very possible to have an invisible nail fungus; here’s how.
A nail fungus infection starts off with a negligible amount of fungus invading the nail bed. From that point, the fungus can start to grow and take up more and more space under the nail. Since fungal spores themselves are microscopic, they often can’t be seen with the naked eye until they have grown to a larger quantity. Only when the fungal spores have grown for a period of time will you be able to notice a visual change in your nail. This means that invisible nail fungus can be living under your nail without showing any signs of infection!
This is important for a couple of reasons. On one hand, this information should make you more keen on keeping up with your shoe and foot hygiene at all times, even if you and those in close contact don’t have any visual signs of fungus. On the other hand, the potential presence of invisible nail fungus changes how fungus must be treated. If you have a visible fungal infection on only one toe, it is likely that some invisible nail fungus spores are on your other toes. Because of this, it is important to treat all of the nails on each affected foot to minimize the possibility of reinfection. This is what our doctors do when they use the PinPointe laser for fungus. The PinPointe laser is the most effective treatment for toenail fungus on the market, and only requires one treatment to cure the fungus. To schedule a consultation for the PinPointe laser treatment with a podiatrist, give us a call at 1-(800) 672-0625 or visit our website for more information.